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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sabata Trilogy Soundtrack Now Available!


Press release below-

Deluxe 3-CD set containing remastered reissues of the out-of-print and hard-to-find scores from the Sabata films – three of the most iconic European westerns!
The Sabata Trilogy is a series of spaghetti westerns directed by Gianfranco Parolini and released between 1969 and 1971. Lee Van Cleef starred in the first, Yul Brynner in the second, and Van Cleef returned for the third.
Marcello Giombini’s scores for the two Van Cleef films feature one of the most celebrated leitmotivs of the genre. The great Bruno Nicolai composed the score for the second film – in a style more dramatic and epic than Giombini’s; it is considered one of the great masterpieces of Italian western music.
The first Sabata score was previously released with 19 tracks in 2001 by GDM, along with a 20-minute selection from the third movie. Both scores were released separately in Japan in 2008 with the most complete presentation. The complete Nicolai score was also released for the first time on CD in 2001 by GMD, and reissued with the same content in Japan. All these releases went quickly out-of-print and became very expensive in the secondary market, so it is a pleasure to present again the complete original scores for this famous trilogy, fully remastered by Claudio Fuiano from the first-generation master tapes.
The lavishly designed package includes a 28-page full-color booklet with liner notes by Randall D. Larson.

Sabata Trilogy Soundtrack - Screen Archives Entertainment - $29.99

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Blu-ray Review: Day of Anger



Day of Anger makes it's US Blu-ray debut courtesy of Arrow Video.  Previously the film was released in Japan with a pretty piss poor looking transfer.  Arrow's presentation of the film is a revelation, one which presents the film as immaculate as the day it was shot.

This fantastic 3 disc set (1 Blu-ray, 2 DVDs), features both the original Italian cut and shortened International (US) cut.  Both presented in English, with no discernable difference between the look of the two different prints.  Rounding out the set are a nice set of extras.


VIDEO:

This release was remastered in 2k from the original 35mm Techniscope camera negative, and the results are outstanding.  Never before has this film ever looked this good.  This may actually be the best looking LVC film on Blu-ray.  Film grain is nicely represented, and there is no evidence of any noise reduction or artificial enhancements.  Color timing looks good.  This film has always had a somewhat warm appearance, and it is faithfully represented here.

Screencaps below (click to enlarge!) -







Below is a comparison between the new Arrow blu-ray, and the previously released blu-ray from Japan.  The new Arrow release is superior in both clarity and framing.  Click to enlarge to see the difference!


Arrow Blu-ray
Japan Blu-ray
AUDIO:

The audio is available in both English and Italian.  English subtitles are also available.  Overall it sounds exactly how you would expect, and faithfully reproduces the mono soundtrack of the time.


EXTRAS:
  • Interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
    • Gastaldi details how the screenplay is not based on the actual book it is claimed to be.  Much of the rest of the conversation is devoted to Sergio Leone's contributions to My Name is Nobody.
  • Archival interview with director Tonino Valerii
    • This is an interesting piece detailing the production, locations, and casting.  Valerii recounts a not-so flattering story about LVC on set
  • Interview with Valerii biographer Roberto Curti
  • Theatrical Trailers (US and European)
  • Television Ads

Reversible cover art gives you the option of displaying the original poster art
 

IN CONCLUSION:

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this set to all LVC fans.  This is the definitive presentation of Day of Anger.
THE GOOD:
  • FANTASTIC picture quality
  • Uncut version of film
  • Quality Extras
THE BAD:
  • Extras from the previous WildEast DVD release are not included in this set (Gemma interviews, alternate title sequences)

Full stats and ordering info- 

  • Region: A/B
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1 blu-ray, 2 DVDs
  • Studio: Arrow
  • Run Time: 114 minutes (1:53:51) Italian Cut, 86 minutes (1:26:10) International Cut